You’ve quit drugs. You’ve struggled and made it. The first few days, weeks, even months haven’t been easy. Between facing the past, surviving the present, and taking on an unknown future, sobriety can be overwhelming. Amidst all the chaos, you have to figure out who you are without drugs and alcohol. Who is this “new […]
The worksheet below is a rough copy of our Wacky and Wonderful Recovery Pamphlet, “Relapse Prevention Plan.” (This link will take you to a clean version you can purchase right away.) The handout includes 2 pages of check-lists meant to quickly help people in recovery maneuver past triggers and cravings. Page 1 focuses on identifying warning symptoms […]
Many people feel bad about themselves at times. Self-esteem is a complicated entity, influenced by many factors, including morality, spiritual beliefs, the approval of family and friends, environment, childhood experiences, and general sense of well-being. Negative life events, physical illness, problematic relationships, and loss of control can all undermine self-esteem. If you believe you suffer […]
The part of the brain below the tentorium handles the basics, like breathing. It’s not the interesting part. Forget about it.
Oh, the enthusiasm! Oh, the passion! The president befriends Europe. He befriends nature. He befriends the World Health Organization. He even befriends the democrats.
When was the last time you did something you regret? Like drive by that old boyfriend’s house just “because.” It starts out innocently enough. There’s that old yearning and a little curiosity, and you hope by God you see him. He’ll have gained weight, have an enormous beer belly, and his hair will be filthy […]
The term “paraphilia” is a psychiatric term used to describe abnormal sexual impulses that are socially deviant or harmful. Paraphilias aren’t just taboo. They’re disruptive. They’re problematic. There are many different types, including fetishism (unhealthy interest in nonsexual objects), masochism (arousal through injury), sadism (arousal by hurting others against their will), exhibitionism (flashing), voyeurism (peeping […]
by Kim Rosenthal, MDBlog, “Mental Health and You” Panic is a sudden attack of intense fear that typically lasts 10-15 minutes, although these attacks can last longer. They often leave the sufferer so distressed they change their routine to avoid having another. Episodes of panic are more common than you’d think: one in ten Americans […]
Taking medications can be the pits. Will they work? Do the side effects render people bed-ridden? Are the pills horse pills, too big to swallow? Do I turn into a pumpkin when I forget to take my meds? Understanding that few people like taking pills, here are some hints about keeping up with your medications. […]
Dear Doc Column 3-16-18 “Dear Doc, I’m a nursing student with a problem. This might sound strange, but I find myself faking sickness to get medical treatment, for no reason at all except I like being a patient. What’s wrong with me?” It sounds like you’ve got yourself into a tough situation, but congratulations on […]